The Diary of James T. Ayers Civil War Recruiter. [Inscribed by the Author]

Recruiting Black soldiers for the Union army during the Civil War

American Civil War diary of Kentucky-native James T. Ayers, “ Illinois lay preacher who served in Sherman’s Army. His day-by-day entries constitute a humorous and poignant document depicting the point of view, the hardships and also the aspirations of a common soldier… It tells intimate details about a phase of the Civil War that has been overlooked by historians. The history of Negro recruiting behind the lines of the advancing Northern armies has not been reported in detail… Standard Civil War studies ignore or gloss over this very important subject.” (Foreword)

Inscribed and signed by the editor, John Hope Franklin (1915–2009), noted African-American historian, academic, and author. Franklin is best known for his book From Slavery to Freedom published the same year as this book.

Description: The Diary of James T. Ayers Civil War Recruiter. [Inscribed by the Author]

Springfield [Illinois]: Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois, 1947. First Edition. Frontis., xxv, [1(blank)], 138pp. + 2 half tone plate leaves. 8vo. Publisher’s pictorial gray cloth; without just jacket (as issued?). Small rubbing and wear to upper left corner of front cover. Very good.


Price: $35.00